Our starting right guard was injured and his replacement had a historically poor performance according to Pro Football Focus, along with just a bad performance overall by the rest of the line. Bruce Arians will get them back in shape; This is the exception, not the rule.
Yesterdays results: College B ball: KY -12 (teased) Pushes, which is a Loss in large teaser play at my House. Sure would have been nice to know that the Wildcats best player was sitting this one out (hurt elbow).........ARGG. NBA: Golden State gets pushed hard at Denver, but Curry and Co. still prevail by three which is enough for a second spot win (GST at Pick) in an ongoing teaser. NHL: Rangers still look a little stale (for whatever reason) but prevail 4 to 3 last night to get my hockey par off to a good start. Congrats to winners and back later with some picks.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Larry Sanders, PF, VCU, 6-11, Jr.
There have been rumors of the Timberwolves dealing this pick to Memphis for Nos. 25 and 28, but nothing is official yet. If Minnesota keeps the pick and goes with wing at No. 4, they take a post player here and vice versa. Sanders is the athletic, shot-blocking big man Minnesota needs to complement Love and Jefferson.
Think: Sean Williams
Washington Wizards: Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler, 6-9, So.
The Wizards acquired this pick and Kirk Hinrich for... umm... nothing really. Washington is reportedly interested in Damion James but I don?t think they pass on Hayward if he does indeed fall this low.
Think: Dorrell Wright
Oklahoma City Thunder: Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State, 7-1, Soph.
The Thunder stole this pick from the Heat and are trying to move up. Alabi would help erase the mistake of drafting B.J. Mullens last year. Oklahoma City needs an inside presence to patrol the paint and Alabi is a great shot blocker.
Think: Johan Petro
Boston Celtics: Avery Bradley, G, Texas, 6-3, Fr.
The Celtics appear to be shopping this pick. If they hang on to it, Boston could use some depth in their backcourt since Rajon Rondo is the only guard under contract for next season, though Ray Allen is expected to re-sign. Bradley lacks a true position at the next level but has a lot of ability. I really think Damion James is a real option here as well since he could step in right away and contribute off the bench.
Think: Shannon Brown
San Antonio Spurs: Damion James, SF, Texas, 6-8, Sr.
I have had James going to the Spurs for the past couple of months and am not going to change that pick. James brings a great deal of collegiate experience and toughness that fits well with the Spurs' style of play. A big could also be an option to help take some of the load off Tim Duncan, but I am not sure any of the remaining post prospects are ready to contribute next season.
Think: Wilson Chandler
Oklahoma City Thunder: Daniel Orton, F/C, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
Orton's stock is all over the board because he is a serious project (finally, people are realizing this?) I wouldn't be shocked if he went mid-teens and wouldn't be shocked if he fell out of the first round. Oklahoma City needs a physical presence down low and with three first-rounders, can hope he pans out.
Think: a poor-man's Marcus Camby
Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Seraphin, PF, France, 6-10, 1989
Daniel Orton and Hassan Whiteside are also options here, but I think Seraphin is the most NBA-ready of the three and could provide some muscle behind LaMarcus Aldridge if he comes to the league this season. If not, his development will not take as long as Orton's or Whiteside's. Recent reports say the Blazers are also high on Elliot Williams and would consider him with this pick but I think that is a pretty big reach.
Think: Kris Humphries
Minnesota Timberwolves: Jordan Crawford, SG, Xavier, 6-5, Soph.
The Timberwolves could be dealing this pick, but if not, Crawford is a great value here and would be a terrific scoring option off the bench. I really like him especially this low. Minnesota could also go the foreign route with their first-round pick and take a player like Seraphin to store overseas or one of the project big men like Whiteside.
Think: Anthony Morrow
Atlanta Hawks: James Anderson, SG, Oklahoma State, 6-6, Jr.
I have had Anderson going to Chicago at 17 since forever, but now he drops with the Bulls making that trade. Atlanta needs to have an insurance plan since Joe Johnson will likely sign elsewhere in a couple of weeks and Anderson knows how to score the basketball. Dominique Jones is real option here as well.
Think: Brandon Rush
Memphis Grizzlies: Craig Brackins, PF, Iowa State, 6-10, Jr.
This pick could be moved before all is said and done. Once a projected lottery pick, Craig Brackins would be a good roll of the dice at this point. He brings something different, athleticism and an ability to shoot the rock, to the Grizzlies frontcourt and would also provide a down-the-line potential replacement for Zach Randolph who is in the final year of his deal.
Think: Hakim Warrick
Oklahoma City Thunder: Tibor Pleiss, C, Germany, 7-0, 1989
With four second-round picks, the Heat can afford to take the young 7-footer and hope he develops overseas.
Think: David Andersen
New Jersey Nets: Lance Stephenson, SG, Cincinnati, 6-6, Fr.
Assuming the Nets get Derrick Favors at No. 3, they are best served adding some depth on the wing with this pick. If they take Wesley Johnson with their earlier pick, look for Jersey to add a post player. I like Stephenson's potential at the next level even though he didn't have the best freshman season at Cincy.
Think: Isaiah Rider
Memphis Grizzlies: Greivis Vasquez, PG, Maryland, 6-7, Sr.
There's late buzz that Vasquez has a late first-round promise and it appears to be from Memphis. They need a backup to Mike Conley who has yet to assert himself as the franchise's future floor leader.
Think: Marco Belinelli
Orlando Magic: Darington Hobson, G/F, New Mexico, 6-7, Jr.
The Magic could use a backup for Jameer Nelson or a wing prospect to possibly replace free agent Matt Barnes. Hobson is extremely versatile and could play a point forward position at the next level.
Think: A mix between Matt Barnes and Shaun Livingston
Washington Wizards: Hassan Whiteside, C, Marshall, 7-0, Fr.
Like Orton, I have no clue where Whiteside ends up. Minnesota at No. 16 would make sense, but despite his talent and upside, he appears to be on a serious downslide. The Wizards only post players under contract are Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee so they could use some depth up front, hoping he "gets it" when he arrives in the league.